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Ramona and Her Father (Ramona Quimby #4)

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Ramona's father has lost his job and all the family are miserable, so Ramona decides to try and cheer them up, in her own inimitable way.
Paperback, 160 pages
Published November 9th 2000 by Oxford University Press (first published 1975)
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Kevin Fink
Aug 10, 2008 Kevin Fink rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: 80s childhood nostalgics
Oh! I had hoped that this book would be as fun and lovely as I remembered. When I received it in my sweaty hands, I said, "Oh my. I remember this book as a lot thicker." But you know what? It was fun and lovely and nostalgic. I read it in one day, on two bus trips to work and back. Who can forget Nosmo King? And the crown of burrs? And Ramona wanting to be on television commercials so she can earn a million dollars and her father and family can be happy again? And the bittersweet Christmas endin...more
Cheryl in CC NV
Of course every family should read the whole set of Ramona books. But this is probably the best, because Cleary reveals the soul of the family, not just of the spunky little girl.
Dolly
May 16, 2013 Dolly rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: parents reading with their children
We started reading the series of books starring Ramona Quimby, Beezus, Henry and their friends a few years ago, but we never made too much progress. We intended to read more, but we always chose something else.

Our youngest was given the book Ramona the Pest (Ramona Quimby to read by her second grade teacher to practice her reading comprehension and I thought we'd give the series another try. We recently listened to Ramona and Her Mother

This book brings a sense of nostalgia to me, a reminder of...more
Lori
I remember this book so well- partly because I went on a campaign to try to get my dad to stop smoking just as Ramona had after I read this book. My campaign was unfortunately, not as successful as Ramona's. Still, this remains one of my favorite books from childhood. I love the part in which Ramona tells her teacher that her pantyhose are wrinkled like an elephant's skin. So funny. Cleary has an uncanny ability to remember and describe children's feelings- without being condescending or phony....more
Susann
"Ramona made up her mind, right then and there in the middle of arithmetic, that she was going to save her father's life."

Ramona, c'est moi. I first read this in 1980, maybe 1981, and should have been awestruck that Cleary had put pen to paper and come up with me. How did she know my 7-year-old self so well? But no, I took Ramona for granted and just read this one over and over again. Cleary was realistic but reassuring, and she captured Ramona's emotions with simple but resonant words. I made...more
Mary
I love this book so much. This is the book where Ramona really starts to get to know herself. I love the way her father's character is developed and the way Cleary relates the experience of being worried about money without beating the reader over the head with it.

I still have the copy of this book that I read as a kid and it was so wonderful to get back to the RIGHT illustrations. Ramona reminds me more of myself at that age when she looks like her plain, mousey little self. I swear I had that...more
Heather
I'm reading this to the girls and we're having a good time. They are FREAKING out that the dad smokes. It was published in 75, and I'm trying to explain that things were a bit different back when I was a kid.
Michelle
**Hmmm, I meant to read these Ramona books in order but I've apparently skipped two of them. Disappointing.**

I will never not love Ramona and the entire Quimby clan. Reading this as an adult made me appreciate it in a whole new way--mainly because we're dealing with: Ramona's unemployed father and how they all cope. That's pretty realistic and kind of heavy duty for a kids' book, you know?

I will also forever be amazed by Beverly Cleary. If you asked me to write a kids' book, I would struggle to...more
Francesca
My children continue to be thrilled with Ramona, even though she's having to deal with some heavier issues as her father goes through an extended bout of unemployment.
Ciara
Dec 05, 2008 Ciara rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: portlanders, all children, people trying to quit smoking, the recently laid-off
this is probably my favorite ramona book, due to the fact that i was kid of a daddy's girl when i was a little kid. i had much more in common with my dad than my mom (both of us were obsessed with reading, for example--we had matching t-shirts that said, "so many books, so little time," & my dad had such an enormous personal library that he borrowed against it as collaterel when he bought a house). in this book, mr. quimby loses his job. things are tight for the quimby family, trying to get...more
Michael
there is darkness even within the lightest works, and light sparks here and there is the ultimate downer novels. WP says that Cleary was advised to write peppy and light and humorous, but scholarship on children's literature, as such exists, actually takes formal note of the 1977 "dark period" where light and peppy children's book writer Beverly Cleary first saw the intrusion of darker themes in what was up to then the all sunshine Ramona series. the incorrigible Ramona, of course, is the somewh...more
Elaine
I liked this one a lot, even more so than the others. As in all the others, the author really seems to understand the thought-process of a little girl, of whatever age she's in for the book. I liked that this book dealt with some serious issues for her family, and that Ramona had such concern about her father's smoking, and that she made such a sincere effort to get him to stop. It reminded me that kids do think deeply, and adults do need take them seriously and learn from them sometimes. It's w...more
Julia Winknler
Second grade is not turning out the way it should for Ramona Quimby. Her dad has lost his job, her mom has found a full-time job, and her big sister Beezus has "reached a difficult age." In her inimitable way, Ramona decides to take charge. She practices TV commercials in hopes of earning a million dollars, but only ends up insulting her teacher and getting into a prickly mess with some burrs. Then she embarks on a campaign to make her father stop smoking. Mr. Quimby manages to hold up under all...more
Rebecca
I finished this book--and am writing this review--on Beverly Cleary's 95th birthday!

This is the first book in the series I have awarded five stars. Ramona and Her Father is more nuanced, more finely-tuned than the previous three books. Ramona finds herself "the only happy member of her family" as her father deals with unemployment and nicotine withdrawals, her mother shoulders the burden of providing for the entire family, and Beezus dreads her creative writing assignments at school. With all th...more
Tressa
I love how Beverly Cleary's Ramona series is not just set around Ramona, but how Ramona reacts to members of her small family and how the books highlight Ramona's bittersweet relationship with them all.

I'm currently listening to Ramona and Her Mother with my son, but we really enjoyed Ramona and Her Father. Cleary was not afraid, even back in the seventies when most of these books were written, of tackling non-kid friendly subjects such as unemployment, pregnancy, depression, and smoking. In th...more
Kirei
Great book. Beverly Cleary is definitely into deeper subject matter in this book with issues like joblessness and smoking. It is an old book, but still relevant today! My son wanted to know why the dad just did not find a new job......so it was a teaching experience.

I thought it was interesting that the widow Mrs. Swink said that she like "The Red Fairy Book" and "The Blue Fairy Book" when she was a kid. I have been meaning to read those books, so it was a good excuse to download them (for free...more
Amanda Nuchols
Arguably the best of the Ramona series, this installation follows 7-year-old Ramona Quimby into the first half of her year in 2nd grade and the family's trials and tribulations when their father loses his job and quits smoking. A touching and heartfelt account of love and challenge from the perspective of a precocious 7-year-old, Ramona speaks with a childlike wisdom born of love. Even if you don't buy or read all of the other Ramona books, this one is a must have for every child's library. It i...more
Lisbeth Solberg
Ramona and Howie make coffee-can stilts.

Clank, clank. Clank, clank. Ramona found deep satisfaction in making so much noise, and so did Howie. Mrs. Swink, turning into her driveway in her dignified old sedan, smiled and waved. In a moment of daring, Ramona yelled "Pieface!" at her.

"Pieface yourself!" Mrs. Swink called back, understanding Ramona's joke.

Howie did not approve. "You aren't supposed to call grown-ups pieface," he said. "Just kids."

"I can call Mrs. Swink pieface," boasted Ramona. "I ca
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Lars Guthrie
Despite what I hope is an anachronistic issue for most kids today--getting your father to quit smoking--another great Beverly Cleary Ramona book. The book is contemporary (or timeless) as far as another issue--the way kids are aware of family tensions, in this case caused by financial difficulties when Ramona's father loses his job. When Ramona seems upset about a ruined Halloween pumpkin, her parents miss what is really happening: 'Didn't grown-ups think children worried about anything but jack...more
Amy
"You know something?" said Mr. Quimby. "I don't care how much that kid or any other kid earns. I wouldn't trade you for a million dollars."
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Mr. Quimby continued his careful snipping. "I'll bet that boy's father wishes he had a little girl who finger-painted and wiped her hands on the cat when she was little and who once cut her own hair so she would be bald like her uncle and who then grew up to be seven years old and crowned herself with burs. Not every father is lucky enough to have a daught
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Jennifer Margulis
Mr. Quimby has too much time on his hands. Though Ramona was happy at first that her father--who is out of work and scrambling to find a job--would be home when she came back from school, she quickly realizes that having her father around so much of the time has its downsides. For one thing her father smokes cigarettes and the public service ads on TV have convinced Ramona that cigarette smoking is bad for his health. So Ramona launches a campaign to get her father to quit smoking. For another,...more
Sara Schwarzwalder
I think Beverly Cleary did a great job with this book and depicting the thoughts and actions of a little girl growing up spot on. This book is relatable to kids in many ways. I really liked the part that Ramona threw away her father's cigarettes because he promised to quit and she wanted him to very badly. This shows kids that a negative action done by a parent is not uncommon and that they may be able to help. Ramona loves her father and is fearful when he sister Beezus warns that his lungs wil...more
Maryam Shahriari
سری 8 جلدی کتاب‌های رامونا رو به پیشنهاد و برای همراهی و تشویق خواهرزاده‌ی 10 ساله‌ام که تازه شروع به مطالعه کرده است خوندم.
خیلی خیلی از خوندنشون لذت بردم. کتاب‌ها با اینکه در غالب داستان برای بچه‌ها نوشته شده بود ولی در اصل روانشناسی کودک بود. بعد از خوندن این سری کتاب‌ها دیدم نسبت به دنیای بچه‌ها و کارهایی که می‌کنند عوض شد. فکر می‌کنم از بعد از اون روابطم هم با بچه‌ها بهتر شده. از سری کتاب‌هایی هستند که حتما باز هم می‌خونمشون.
Julie Decker
When Ramona's dad loses his job and the family's usual configuration gets turned around a bit, Ramona only wants to help. She begins to pursue ideas that will help her family earn money or save money, but many of her ideas are ill-fated or get her into trouble.

Ms. Cleary's way of bringing back the way kids think is pretty close to magic. I loved when Ramona came up with the idea to make her father quit smoking to save cash and wrote "NO SMOKING" on a sign, but ran out of room and got "NO SMO / K...more
Marlee
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Melissa Morton
Ramona’s father has lost his job and the Quimby family faces new struggles. Everyone is trying to help the situation, especially Ramona.

At the beginning of the year, I might as the class to complete a writing activity in which my students could tell a story about their father, and their favorite things they like to do with them. This will both get them thinking positively about their families, while allowing me some insight into their personal lives.

I loved the Ramona books when I was a child,...more
Jacquelyn Hoogendyk
This book was a part of the Author/Illustrator study done in class. Ramona’s father has recently lost his job and the Quimby family faces new struggles. Instead of Mrs. Quimby being at home with Ramona, Mr. Quimby takes on the role. Mrs. Quimby ups her hours at work, Mr. Quimby helps out more at home, and everyone is trying to help the situation especially Ramona. The Quimby family is just about as normal as normal gets with their ups and downs. I loved reading this book because a lot of the fam...more
Patti
“Ramona and Her Father” by forever popular author, Beverly Cleary, was my choice to reconnect with spunky little Ramona after many years. This time she is eight and in the 2nd grade. I have two granddaughters about a year younger that have learned to read this school year. There is nothing more exciting for a new reader than to read “chapter books” and it is fun to share books with them.

As much as I remember liking the wonderful characters of Beverly Cleary, “Ramona and Her Father” is not one I...more
Samuel
Dear Readers,

I have read a book called Ramona and her Father. This book is about a girl named Ramona and her father Mr. Quimby. The problem is that Mr. Quimby doesn't have a job since his job was gone because , the small company Mr. Quimby works in was eaten by a bigger company. (Eaten, like bought) Ramona tries to help his dad earn money, buy copying the comercials on TV. She doesn't earn any money. Next, his dad keeps smoking, and she and her sister Beatrice (called Beezus) tries to stop their...more
Danielle
"To start off I need to just say, I'm a huge fan of Beverly Cleary. Her book, Socks was the book that started my reading journey when I was very little. Somehow Cleary manages to capture the heart and mind of whomever she is speaking for in her characters. It's truly astounding! This, I feel, is exactly why in her years of writing she has accumulated numerous awards (Newbery, Laura Ingalls Wilder Award, nominee for the Hans Christian Andersen Award in '84, and many more) and a devoted following...more
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Beverly Cleary (born April 12, 1916) is the author of over 30 books for young adults and children. Her characters are normal children facing challenges that many of us face growing up, and her stories are liberally laced with humour. Some of her best known and loved characters are Ramona Quimby and her sister Beatrice ("Beezus"), Henry Huggins, and Ralph S. Mouse.

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